Genesis 24:40 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 24:40, NIV: "He replied, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family."

Genesis 24:40, ESV: "But he said to me, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father’s house."

Genesis 24:40, KJV: "And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:"

Genesis 24:40, NASB: "And he said to me, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father’s house;"

Genesis 24:40, NLT: "He responded, 'The LORD, in whose presence I have lived, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful. Yes, you must find a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father's family."

Genesis 24:40, CSB: "He said to me, 'The LORD before whom I have walked will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, and you will take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father's family."

What does Genesis 24:40 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's servant is describing in great detail to Rebekah and her family the reason for his journey to their home. Abraham has sent the servant back to his people to find a wife for his son Isaac (Genesis 24:3–4).

The servant recalled, in the previous verse, challenging Abraham with the possibility that an eligible bride, once located, might not be willing to move away from her family to live in the land of Canaan with an unknown husband (Genesis 24:5–8).

Now he shares Abraham's response: The Lord will intervene. More specifically, the Lord will send an angel to give the mission success. Abraham knows this because he himself has walked with the Lord. Abraham insists that the servant will succeed: He will take a wife for Isaac from among Abraham's people. As the servant will explain, he has also seen evidence that God is working to bring Rebekah back to Canaan.